How are people associated with corruption, affected by religion? Not necessarily just Christianity, but in general.Thanks :)

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the first answer that this question is hard to answer because it is not clear what you are asking.

The effect that religion has on corruption would be very different depending on the religious beliefs of the people and depending on their general circumstances.

For example, if corruption is very common in some country, the people who engage in it will not feel that they are doing wrong.  They will probably feel they are just doing what everyone else does.  Such people will not be affected by religion because they will not feel guilty about what they are doing.

Most of the paternal side of my family lives in the Philippines.  They are devout Catholics.  But they are willing to give bribes (for example to get a court case heard more quickly) because that is just how things are done in that country.

lfawley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As asked, this is a difficult question to answer. Religion has often been used to excuse corruption. The Bible has been interpreted in many ways to excuse human greed, but Christianity is not the only major religion to affect human behavior. Take, for example, the history of the Church of England and the sale of "indulgences" as a means of garnering forgiveness from sin. This is, in effect, "buying" your way into heaven and is clearly a form of corruption. In modern times, this same practice has been used by televangelists to garner money from those who watch or listen to their programs. This money has then been used to purchase lavish lifestyles for the "preachers." Again, this is a form of corruption.  Perhaps you can be a bit more specific in your question. I would love to assist you further!